Green Thumb Tips
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- Mums are frost hardy and are a great value for the
spectacular show of color they provide.
- Planting large pots of garden mums, asters, or flowering kale as you remove annuals from beds
and borders gives you a spectacular show of color immediately.
October is the best month to plant your spring-flowering
bulbs. Fertilize with bulb food, super phosphate or bone meal when you plant the bulbs. Water them in thoroughly
- When planting bulbs the
pointed end of the bulb is positioned upward. Plant small, early-flowering bulbs
where they can be seen from indoors, since they bloom when it is usually too
cold to enjoy them outside.
small, early flowering bulbs where they can be seen from indoors, since
they bloom when it is usually too cold to enjoy them outside.
Perennials & Roses
- Plant perennials at the
same time you plant bulbs. You’ll be able to place perennial plants between your
bulb groupings for color from spring to fall.
Many perennials and ornamental grasses add seasonal interest to the garden with
attractive seed heads
and plumes. Choose what you would like to remain intact and tidy
up others by cutting back tall stems to the base foliage.
- Green Thumb Winterizer
should be applied in mid October. Your lawn will be nice and green in the
- In October, deep water
trees and shrubs every three weeks thoroughly.
Do not fertilize trees now.
- If you see browning needles in your pines and spruces, do not panic. It
is a normal phenomenon. In the fall these plants lose their oldest
needles and keep three or four years of their newest growth.
- Rake up all aspen leaves to reduce the chance of revival of any
leaf-related disease you may have experienced. Dispose of these
leaves and do not add them to your compost pile or incorporate them into
your vegetable garden.
Prepare your vegetable garden
soil this fall following your harvest because amending soil in the spring
be delayed if wet conditions prevail. Add Premier sphagnum peat moss, manure and Nature's Yield Compost now. It will age and decompose over the
winter and provide for earlier and easier planting next spring.
Divide rhubarb and transplant overcrowded roots after the first killing
frost for improved production next year.
- Holiday cactus
need special care to get beautiful flowers this December. Buds will form for
the holidays if you keep artificial light off them at night starting in mid
houseplants will benefit from a good leaching. Take them to your kitchen
sink or bathtub and water twice or three times to remove built up soluble
salts remaining from fertilizer or minerals from the water. If left, these
salts can build up and burn the roots and browning the tips and margins of
Feeding the birds outside during the winter is great fun for young and old
alike. You do need to have the right foods for the birds you are trying to
attract. Start early while there are plenty of birds around. Keep the
feeding stations clean and full.
- Clean out bird houses and bird feeders to prevent the spread of diseases for next year’s families.
- October is the time to clean the organic matter from the bottom of your
pond. Remember the yucky sludge from your pond makes an excellent
addition to your compost pile.
while outside with a chimenea or fire pit. These outdoor “fireplaces”
will keep you cozy warm while preparing your meal and entertaining
spiders, crickets, millipedes, earwigs and other bothersome bugs from coming
into the house for the winter by spraying Green Thumb Home Pest
around the foundation of your house and especially window wells.